It's official: Malala Yousafzai is going to Oxford.
The millennial global education activist, who survived an attack by the Taliban as a teen in Pakistan, announced the news on her Twitter account early on Thursday morning.
The elite British university was Yousafzai's top choice. She considered going to study in the United States, and even toured Stanford University, but decided in the end to stay closer to her family's adopted home in Birmingham, England. Having a résumé that includes being the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize and semi-regular interactions with world leaders didn't make the admissions process any less anxiety-inducing for her: “People often forget that winning a Nobel Peace Prize doesn't mean that you know much in your studies,” she told Refinery29 earlier this year.
The university extended a conditional offer last spring, but Yousafzai had to pass her A-level exams at the end of the school year to make it official. Those results were released this morning.
Yousafzai, who finished high school in July, spent her summer off travelling the world as part of her eponymous foundation's Girl Power Trip. The tour, launched in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in April, included a stop to celebrate her 20th birthday with girls forced to flee Islamic State militants in Iraq.
While she plans to continue to be a visible voice for the causes she champions, namely girls' education and equality worldwide, Yousafzai, like many incoming freshers, is most excited about those same rites of passage many of us have experienced during the transition to college.
“You are managing and organising everything on your own: from your breakfast to what to wear, who to meet, what time to go to bed,” she told Refinery29 last April. “I think it's quite exciting.”